There are so many benefits to community gardening from learning about growing food to making friends.
They are all about sharing – both the work and the harvest and they can have very positive social, economic and environmental impacts in communities.
They create an awareness of the local area and can transform overgrown, unloved spaces into welcoming, vibrant places. Community gardens are usually open to all ages, from seasoned gardeners to complete beginners.
Learning by doing is the best way to develop confidence in new skills and participants are encouraged to practice what they’ve learnt in their own allotments, gardens or balconies.
Mondays: Millennium Court Community Centre, Kilkenny –
Penny on 056 7760187 (between 2pm – 6pm)
Wednesdays: Goresbridge Rural Development Office –
Breda on 059 977 5646 (between 10am – 1pm)
Jen on 059 9152776
Fridays: Leighlinbridge Parish Centre –
Liz Dunne – 059 9722607 (between 9am – 1pm)
If you’re interested in setting up a Community Food Garden in the Carlow/Kilkenny/Kildare regions and you’d like some advice, contact Greenside Up for further information.
Dee is currently coordinating the establishment of a new All Ireland Community Garden Network Group. If you’d like more information on it, or would like to be added to the mailing list, just send an email.
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